Wednesday, 27 January 2016

USING MY SCRAPS

"Moo-Mania" is asking us to "Use our Scraps" this week.

I've got a small box of painted scraps and magazine clippings and I gave myself the restriction of using only what was in the box along with watercolour paints, stamps and stamp pads.


A corrugated cardboard box had not yet reached the recycling bin.

I cut out a rectangle,



gessoed it,



glued on some magazine text and did some random painting and stamping.

At this stage it didn't look at all interesting.





Have you heard it said that you should keep going, that there is a stage in making art when it can look hopeless, but if you keep going it takes off again?

I covered up the ginkgo leaf with my own photo of a poppy (which was in the box) and shortly afterwards it turned out a lot better.


The text, white frame, the blue pattern round it and the blue pattern bottom left are from magazines.
Otherwise everything else is my own painted papers, painting and stamping. 







I quite like it.


Thanks to "Moo-Mania" for a super theme which made me make something different.

Using corrugated card is definitely a new thing for me so I am also linking to "Anything But Cute" where they are asking us to use something new.

Also linking to "Paint Party Friday"

42 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful use of your scraps, glad you had fun, and thanks for joining us at Moo Mania and More, hugs, Valerie

Meggymay said...

A beautiful project using your scraps, I love using corrugated card as well.
Yvonne xx

Beo said...

Your poppy picture is wonderful! Especially with all those little flowers on the bottom of it.
When I read the post and came to the place with the ginkgo leaf I didn't understood why you thought it to be hopeles - I liked it. But when I saw it with this wonderful purple poppy I understood that you had something different in mind. Are the the bubbles (right word?) at the top just painted oder did you have an overwork with photoshop??
Anyway ´- its awesome. I just went back to it and saw a lot of faces in the background...

Annie said...

Well, I actually like them both. Although your final version is like a stage production and much more showy. I like that sweet chorus line of blooms dancing along the bottom. They care not that you tried to fence them in, they will dance anyway. Your photo is quite dramatic framed the way it is. I even like that half of the mag text is upside down. I bet you thought I wouldn't see that. The circles and flowers stamped in the background are a perfect wallpaper. I tried once to attempt to work with cardboard. It didn't react as I hoped it would, so I recycled it in the recycling. Some things only get one chance with me. LoL. Your cardboard work turned out quite nicely.

Tammie Lee said...

yes, i understand the part about just keep on going, with most of my pieces..... just keep on going until i like it or it feels complete.

i really like the little row of flowers underneath your poppy. such lovely colors too.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm running behind since I was out all day and evening. This challenge may have unleashed a monster because I use corrugated cardboard all the time in my art. I certainly like how you incorporated it in your scraps for MM&M. This is a real beauty. It goes without saying that your scraps are far more lovely than mine.

sirkkis said...

I really love your scrap page. Brilliant way to use scraps. All fit so well together.
Have a happy inspiring day, Sheila xx

limmelon said...

Excellent Collage. Love the tonal quality, everything blends in. Very inventive use of scraps. Love it, Awesome !!

Redanne said...

It was definitely worth it to keep going, the result is beautiful.

Thanks so much for joining in our 'Ring out the Old, Bring in the New' challenge at Anything But Cute. Anne DT xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Super - I love what you did here.. yes your are right... just keep on going.. I often think during the process that it is more than ugly (nearly every time I create-lol) - but the !keep on going" often performs miracles.
Thanks a lot for joining us at Moo Mania & More Sheila1
OXO
Susi

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous, I love your final design but also like the Gingko leaf stage. I hope you are doing well. Cheers, Shirleyxx

~*~Patty S said...

It's a fine line sometimes about keeping going and it takes some bravery too to cover things up!
Both versions are super Sheila.
I must confess I would have been very pleased with the Gingko leaf version...but I do have a thing for those trees.
You know you had me at blue and white ;-)
oxo

Margik said...

Love the way you created this fantastic page with your scraps. Beautiful colours and a super background. A creative design as always Sheila!

kat said...

Wow you've been having lots of fun! These are gorgeous, what great effects and so cool how you restricted yourself and came out with these beauties, the last one really dazzles me and has a cool and relaxing effect, striking! But the first is also very special, simpler and more quiet but very beautiful too!

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

Great "scrappy" post. Winter blues. I popped in a followed you on Google, so now you have one back! xox

Anne (cornucopia) said...

The end result came out wonderfully! And I did the same thing as you: I restricted myself to what I could use for the challenge.

sirkkis said...

Just pop in to say you Happy PPF, Sheila xx

Giggles said...

Wow you beat this challenge in a beautiful way!!I love both of them...so pretty! Just goes to show how you can make something really pretty with restricted supplies! They'd make nice prints framed together!!Now I'm thinking what would they look like with colour changes or used as digital collage pieces...oh so much inspiration!! Good job!

Hugs Giggles

denthe said...

different from your normal colourful work but looking great! I feel myself more and more drawn to blues, so this page is perfect for that :-)

Laila said...

Lovely use of scraps and always a good feeling doing something new. Glad you enjoyed the process.

ULKAU said...

Your Blue Flower piece looks very nice, very transparent and easily. It's always amazing that one can create something so wonderful new from old remnants. Ulrike

Samra Leshinski said...

Thank you so much for joining our Ring out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute!!!!
Hugs

Samra DT
Paper Talk with Samra

Linda Kunsman said...

I really love both versions Sheila but as i adore poppies and they are my favorite flower, well that one gets my vote:) Happy PPF!

Christine said...

beautiful use of scraps, amazing really.

Dea Lenihan said...

How lovely. I love PPF--I learn so much and see so many lovely styles. Thank you! xo

Janet said...

Love it! I thought it looked pretty good in the original but then when I saw your changes you really brought it to life. Happy PPF!

Cozydoodle said...

really beautiful! I love the blue! Happy PPF!

Sara Barker said...

So beautiful in blue!I love how you've echoed the blue poppies under the focal image. Thank you for joining our Ring Out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugs! Sara Emily DT

Gillena Cox said...

Defiantly Cool

Happy PPF

Much love...

peggy gatto said...

I LIKE it
A Lot!!!

Sara Barker said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, leaving your sweet comment, and for becoming my latest follower. Since the Google debacle, I lose more followers than I collect! I really don't know how to follow people anyway!

If you have specific questions about anything I used on my tag, I'll try and answer them for you. Just let me know!
Hugs!
Sara Emily (no DT hat on now:))

Jackie said...

I REALLY like it ... and all from a scraps. It reminds me of a Delft tile. Fabulous! Jx

Fodie Ann said...

This is another picture with such calm winter tones in it, Sheila. The first one with the lighter blues seems almost springlike, I thought of bluebells, don't know why, but the second one, of the blue poppy, with all the purple details around, and the row of dancing flowers below, that is definitely a winter scene. Lovely!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love it! I'm also a firm believer of "keep going," since necessity is the mother of creation. Blessings!

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

Ooohhh I really like this. So creative.

Ann Krier said...

I liked the ginko to - but the final version is lovely. HPPF on Sunday :)

Redanne said...

Just came back to say thank you so much for the lovely comment you made on my ATB blog post, I really appreciate you taking the time. Anne x

Claudia ClaSpi-Art said...

Great work love Sheila! The poppy picture is really great, but that Ginkgo picture also like it very much!

Karin said...

This looks great, love the colors!
Groetjes Karin

My name is Erika. said...

I love this- it looks so much like a quilt made with indigo dyed fabrics!

Rein said...

Stunning project, love the design!

janie said...

Love your inventiveness, loved the poppy before, looks even better now x